This is a travel warning to use Air Baltic Airlines flying to Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia or other destinations. This company, although it charges fairly high prices, has the quality of a low-cost airline, and much worse. In contrast to any other airline I know, one has to pay an EXTRA CHARGE of 30 Euros for 1 piece of check-in-luggage (no matter how small / large it is). In case one forgets to pay the fee online, one has to pay 50 Euros check-in-fees. These luggage and check-in-fees are charged per flight, so you have to pay at least 60 Euros for a two-way Air Baltic flight in addition to your regular ticket price. These extra fees are usually not indicated by your travel agent. Apart from this, the airplanes are very small, do not look very safe, and all the drinks and food on board have to be paid. Not even a glass of water is offered for free. The greatest rip-off ever!!!
On 2009 I used a car by HERTZ car renter to go from Latvia to Estonia and, another time, a car to go from Estonia to Latvia. In each cases I did not pay surcharges.
On 2008 I did the same thing using a car by AVIS car renter. Also this time no surcharges.
I think it's normal there are no surcharges for crossing the border because Estonia and Latvia are actually under Schengen Agreement so there are no frontiers between these two Countries.
Take a look about on "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Agreement"
...and enjoy to visit Estonia! It's my favourite Country! I know many things about if you need!
We got attracted by an advertisement of the company car4rent, which offered rentals @ EUR 28 per day for compactclass.
But then we read the contact was unlogical that could somehow be verbally explained, but some clauses could have potentially been very disadvantegeous for us in case of an accident would happen. And they couldn't show the insurance policy that we paid for. Cheap but very unprofessionaland maybe not well insured!
Instead we used Europcar , we got EUR 50 per day for 3 days VW Polo coming with 100% all risk insurance. Note that the starting price was higher, but some negotiation could be done. Excellent car/service. And they have an outlet at the airport which saved us a taxi ride.
Travelling by trams in the city of Riga is a convenient means of transportation especially within the city limits. The trams in Riga are operated by Rigas Satiksme. There are eleven tram lines according to their website below. Several lines (4 lines) depart from Centraltirgus (Riga Central Market). The tram system in Riga has a total length of approximately 150 kilometers. The history of trams in Riga dates back to the late 19th century when horse-driven trams were used.
The trams in the city of Riga are of type Tatra T3 and Tatra T3M boogie trams which run in pairs. A one day ticket costs 1.50 LVL per adult. However a one journey ticket within the city limit costs just 0.40 LVL per adult. Travelling in trams in Riga is an ideal and cheap way to see more of Riga if you have time to spare! We have certainly enjoyed the ride!
I think it is the fastest ticket web site in Latvia. Good prices and low transaction fees. It is a shame that they do not have the low-cost carriers like ryanair and easyjet integrated, but it is often cheaper to look for comparision proices with many segments and stopovers rather than fly direct, like with airbaltic.
To travel around Riga I'd recommend to use public transport system - it's reliable and operating quite often. Buses are rather new and have the name of the next stop on the display - which is great! Trolleybuses tend to be very old.
But if you want to drive across Riga by your own car you MUST know one thing - in the city you will not find signposts with the name of the city outside Riga, you must know the number of the road , they are usually shown red.
baltic countries are making new roads thnx to european community money, so many roads are working in progress and it's quite dangerous to travel by car or bus...i saw many cars and tracks upside down long the way from Parnu to Riga...
We hired a car in Latvia, for the public transportation is not very developped and it was the easiest way to explore the countryside.
I recommend to rely on the international chains, even if their rates are a bit higher. At least you have the garantee of getting a newer car and, most of all, paying with credit card.
The state of the roads in Latvia varies a lot. There are few motorways, but the traffic is almost inexistent in the most remote areas. In rural areas you can also find some unpaved roads.
Major roads in Latvia are under very good conditions! Speedlimit on Motorways / Highways is 110 km/h, according to a travel guide but I haven't found such a road in Latvia. Usually you are allowed to drive on open roads at 90 km/h. In towns you are allowed to drive 60 km/h.
On cars light must be turned on day and night and alcohol limit is 0.0 per mille!
The Bus station is close to the Railway station, you can get that distance, walking about 5 minutes.
USE THE FOLLOWING SITES FOR INFO:
About BUS Timetables: www.autoosta.lv/en/MARSRUTI.htm
For TRAIN Timetables: www.ldz.lv/Latv_diz.htm
If you want to explore Latvia outside of the major towns, this is best done by car. However, orientation is not easy, in particular when using small gravel roads. Road-signs are not always there. Therefore a good map is absolutely essential. The Latvijas autocelu atlants is simply superb. It can be bought at the Jana Seta shop, Elizabetes iela 83/85 in Riga. We actually bought it already by mail order before the trip.
You can get a bus just from Berlin directly to Riga the capital the Latvia. This bus cross the Poland and Lithuania anyway doesn’t stop in these two countries.
So, you can depart from Berlin (central bus station) at 19:10 h. at each Saturday arriving in Riga at 17:10 h. on Sunday.
There is this bus only once a week, at the Saturdays, and the back journey is at the Wednesday of each week. The price is about € 80.
I didn’t make the journey but I have seen the bus and I have found it modern and comfortable.
If you have the opportunity to drive to and around Latvia, it would probably be the best alternative. That way you can be free to go anywhere you want...the traffic is mean but trust me, you'll get used to it. Even I who's only had a license for one year drove around down there....
For shorter distances around Latvia, the trains are convenient. Not too many stations maybe but it is very cheap and especially in Riga it could be a good alternative.....
Well it depends on the country where you live. The easiest way of course is by airplane. If you live in nordic countries you can swim on a parom(every 2 days from Stochgolm to Ventspils, it is not far away from Riga). From Eastern Europe the best way to gethere is by car.
You can rent a car (Eurocar's office is in the Airport)and in a couple days time you can see everything you wanted to see in Latvia. Trains are also available - they can get you to any place in Latvia.
The cheabest way to get to Riga and Latvia from Finland is by bus. First by ferry to Tallinn and then by bus to Riga. this all takes like 9 hours, but I think it's worth it. You can for example make new friends while sitting in the bus.
I'm not sure, in the downtown I think bus is the easies. But if you want to get away from the downtown train might be good.
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